Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud, international aid workers.

From their home in Baghdad, international aid workers for the American Friends Service Committee, Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud, observed first-hand the difficulties facing ordinary Iraqis who were attempting to rebuild a society devastated by decades of dictatorship, economic sanctions, and war. In July of that year, the kidnappings of several international aid workers (including close friend and CARE International director Margaret Hassan) made it impossible for Rick and Mary to continue their work.

Who are the Iraqi people? What do they want their country to be? Through words and pictures, McDowell and Trotochaud give us an opportunity to know and understand the Iraqi people and the present situation in occupied Iraq.